Thank God there will be justice!
This week a report on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot-down over Ukraine last July was released. 298 people including 38 Australians were killed. Does a soldier shooting down a commercial airline make you sad? Of course. Does it make you angry? I hope so. Does the fact that no-one has been brought to justice for this crime make you feel frustrated? It ought to!
To long for justice to be done and to be seen to be done is a good, natural and right thing — it’s a God-given part of us being made in His image. It’s why our blood boils when we hear about someone who appears guilty not being punished by the courts or receiving a grossly inadequate punishment.
Conversely, over-punishment is also a crime. My family visited Port Arthur on our recent Tasmanian holiday, and it was outrageous to read of the sentences many people received e.g. Transported half way around the world to serve five years at Port Arthur for stealing some silver spoons!
It seems that many times human ‘justice’ systems don’t bring full justice (while on many other occasions doing a good job ). However, we can say with full confidence: ‘Thank God there will be justice’. As the Apostle Paul told the ancient Athenians — “For he [God the Father] has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men [people] by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)
The word above translated as “justice” could also be translated as: ‘righteousness, what is right, uprightness’. So we can look forward with enthusiasm to the day when all wrongs are righted. However, we must always remember with humility and thankfulness that our salvation from God’s righteous anger against our sin is because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. …
But we can this week say … Thank God there will be justice!
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